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Crossroads Crash


Published 1973


Part of a film series on typical types of automobile crashes and their causes, this films starts with a goofy sequence with Bonnie and Clyde-type characters.

Like many films made to address social woes (drugs, teen pregnancy, shoplifting) drivers education films were often cautionary tales where people were punished for their mistakes. The challenge of these films was to get their audiences to identify with the characters and situations on the screen. Especially hard were teenage audiences who were often behind the wheel with a foolhardy sense of immortality and disrespect for authority.


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Production Company Jack Lieb Productions
Sponsor National Safety Council
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 2, 2006
Subject: What IS a stale green?
Fairly blah driving safety film here which seems to have been made for beginner¡¯s drivers. Essentual traffic rules are discussed, eg, turning, stopping and yielding, there are some cool crash dummy tests here. But what¡¯s with the Bonnie and Clyde beginning? That whole thing threw me for a loop making this look like it was made for grade school kids, like really young ones.
Reviewer: chadwys - - March 26, 2005
Subject: Edukational...
They use bank robbers as an example of people who don't obey traffic laws... YA THINK!?
Reviewer: martini66 - - March 5, 2005
Subject: Painful
Dreadfully boring and even too stupid to laugh at.
Next please.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - September 17, 2004
Subject: A Very 70s Crash
The rules for handling intersections are presented in a very 70s manner, from the Bonnie and Clyde opening to the big, earth-toned cars. The points are occasionally punctuated by crash-test footage featuring big black 50s Cadillacs with huge tailfins. A lightweight in the driver's ed genre.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer: AppleGirl - - September 15, 2004
Subject: Corny!
I worked for Jack Lieb Productions in Chicago during the mid-1980s. When I called on prospective clients, I had to lug in a case of these corny old movies as my "demo reel." Even in the 80s, these movies were hopelessly out-of-date. This was in the Miami Vice era of fast edits, cool music, interesting lighting. A few times, corporate communications managers called in their co-workers and laughed out loud during my presentation of these quaint industrials.

An interesting thing about the company: Jack Lieb shot the only color footage of the WWII invasion of Normandy. The main client of this company was the government. Many movies for the army, and lots of Vietnam-era footage was shot by Lieb.

I don't know if this company is still in business. When I was there, it was Jack's son (can't recall his name) who was running things, and he seemed pretty close to retirement back then.
Reviewer: Scott Bot - - September 11, 2004
Subject: 4-way stops still confuse me...
A pretty straightforward driver's safety film, but after watching too many "You are at the scene of a fatal automoblie accident" Highway Safety Films, this is a welcome relief.

Nice shots of pre-downsize early '70's cars, particularly a Vega station wagon, an LTD sedan and a really nice Buick Century convertible.

While the opening bank robber sequence is fairly lame, the suit the "Clyde" character is wearing is cool.

The girl playing "Bonnie" is kinda cute.
Reviewer: trafalgar - - September 11, 2004
Subject: Chicago in the 70's
OK, this is a pretty standard driver's ed film...but it's got some great shots of Chicago in the 70's! Featured are the Ravenswood neighborhood (in the chase scene), the area of Grand and Western (where I live!), and much more place-spotting fun for Chicagoans.
For everyone else, mildly entertaining.
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